Students protest continue in Kashmir

Students clash with security forces in Kashmir

Clashes erupted between protesting students and security forces in Handwara town in north and Pulwama in south Kashmir on Saturday, the police said. "Students leaving their studies and joining protests and stone pelting. we feel is a very serious matter", BJP's Arun Gupta had said. Police deployed in the area used tear gas to disperse the protesting students, triggering clashes.

Student clashes were also reported from frontier district Kupwara. While shouting pro-freedom and anti-India slogans, the students blocked the Magam-Beerwah road for some time.

Enraged over it, the students threw stones at security personnel, who in retaliation baton charged the them. Witnesses said the forces restored to heavy tear smoke shelling to disperse them. "All the schools will work as per schedule".

Witnesses said that the students of Boys Higher Secondary school and Degree College Tral staged protests and pelted stones on an army vehicle at Bus Stand Tral.

Kashmiri protestors, their faces masked with Pakistani flags, look towards Indian government forces during clashes after Friday congregational prayers outside The Jamia Masjid in Srinagar on May 5, 2017.

Authorities were forced to suspend classes in higher educational institutions for over a week last month as a precautionary measure and a number of students were arrested during clashes in Srinagar and elsewhere in the Valley. As they tried to walk along the streets of the town to protest the arrest of fellow students in Pulwama, the police came in their way, leading to clashes that left about two dozen students, including girls, injured.

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